The Power of Poetry

YA Stage

Sunday, 2:30-3:15

Poets Elizabeth Acevedo and Eve Ewing discuss the art and science of poetry and how it can make for amazing fiction.


Elizabeth Acevedo

The youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants, Elizabeth Acevedo has more than fourteen years of performance poetry experience, and her talent for storytelling has translated seamlessly into novel-writing. She holds a BA in performing arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. She has published two collections of poetry, her chapbook Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths, and the winner of the 2016 Berkshire Prize, Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm. The Poet X is her debut novel. She lives with her partner in Washington, DC. Find her online at

Eve Ewing

Eve L. Ewing is a writer and scholar from Chicago. She is the author of Electric Arches and Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side. She also co-wrote the multimedia performance No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Her work has been published in Poetry magazine, The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and many other venues. She is a sociologist of education at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She also co-directs Crescendo Literary (a partnership that develops community-engaged arts events and educational resources) and is one-half of the writing collective Echo Hotel, alongside Hanif Abdurraqib.


Theresa Davis

Theresa Davis is an author and performance poet residing in Atlanta Georgia. She is the mother of three brilliant humans, Imani, Tia, and Zion who are a constant source of inspiration and pride. An educator for over 20 years, Davis now combines her teaching and writing styles to teach poetry workshops for teens and adults. A veteran slam poet, she held the title of Women of the World Slam Champion in 2011. Drowned: A Mermaid's Manifesto, her second book of poetry with Sibling Rivalry Press, was voted as one of 2017 Books All Georgians Should Read. In 2016 Creative Loafing voter her Best Local Poet and Best Spoken Word Artist. She is the host of the award winning open mic Java Monkey Speaks every Sunday at Java Monkey Coffee House in Decatur and Art Amok Slam at the Red Light Cafe every first Tuesday of the month. Theresa also produces Poems and Pasties and MadMen & Poets variety shows focused on collaborating with the thriving Atlanta performance art community. Theresa’s one-woman show “Then They’ll Tell You it’s all in Your Head” made its debut as a part of 7 Stages Home Brew series in fall of 2017.